CISO Summit Speakers

Col. Harendra Bana

Associate Director Security- SE Asia (India Region), PepsiCo India


Oversees the Physical security; Crisis management; BCP and Travel management for PepsiCo SE Asia.

Harendra is a career security professional with an experience of 30 years in the security domain. He started his career with the Indian Army in 1987 and opted to move out in 2007 to seek a corporate career retiring in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

The corporate career commenced in 2007 with an innings of five years with Microsoft as Security Manager followed by a tenure with John Deere India as their Country Security Manager. In December 2014, Harendra took up the role of Associate Director Security for PepsiCo South East Asia. Besides military certifications Harendra holds ISO certifications in both Risk and Business Continuity Management. He is also completed a post graduate diploma from XLRI in 2007. Col. Bana also holds several prestigious industry memberships. He is the Chairman of OSAC, Delhi Chapter, Member corporate security committee of FICCI Homeland Security and member of the United Services Institution of India.

Sumit Dhar

Senior Director and Head – Information Security & Risk Management, EdgeVerve (Infosys)


Sumit has extensive experience in leading large Risk, Resilience & InfoSec programs. He specializes in building world class service lines from scratch, creating high performance teams and driving business objectives via the Information Security programs.

In his current role at EdgeVerve, he is responsible for product and enterprise security. Prior to EdgeVerve, he was with HP where he conceptualized and developed the InfoSec, Risk and Resilience consulting service from scratch to a multi-million-dollar practice.

Sumit is also the adjunct faculty for Cyber Security at IIIT-B. He has been invited as a speaker at various large global conferences, seminars and summits. His articles on security have appeared in various reputed international journals and he is the author of multiple books, one of which is an Amazon bestseller.

Krishna Sastry Pendyala

Executive Director, PwC


Prior to PwC, Mr. Sastry worked 3.5 years with Tata Consultancy Services as Global Head, Fraud Management & Digital Forensics & 23 years with Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India as Forensic Scientist. Sastry has examined more than 1400 cases involving digital evidence referred by various state & central Law-enforcement agencies and deposed evidence in various Courts of Law. His core area of expertise includes off-line & online Digital Forensic investigations, Cyber security breach investigation, Incident response Management, Malware analysis and e-discovery. Through INTERPOL General Secretariat, Lyons & national central bureau (INTERPOL) India, Sastry as a subject matter expert trained Law Enforcement officials of more than 95 countries in Asia, Africa and Pacific regions in Electronic Fraud & cyber-crime investigations and Digital Forensics. Sastry th, “Union Home Minister Award for Meritorious Service” in the year 2004, Directorate of Forensic Science, Ministry of Home affairs award for “promoting new technologies in the Field of Forensic Science”. Sastry co-authored the first Indian book on Cyber Forensics titled “Computer Crimes and Forensics”. He is INTERPOL certified “Train the Trainer” in the field of Computer Forensics and completed “Executive Forensic Development Seminar” at FBI Forensic Laboratory, Quantico, USA.

Adv. Prashant Mali

Chairman, Cyber & Law Foundation


Prashant is an Internationally renowned Cyber Law & Cyber Security Expert, Author & Practicing High Court Lawyer based out of Mumbai, India. He has been awarded as “Cyber Security Lawyer of the Year-India by Financial Monthly magazine of UK (2016). He has also been awarded as “Cyber Security & Cyber Law Lawyer of the Year 2014 by Indian National Bar Association. He has a Masters in Computer Science & Masters in Law with certification in Computer Forensics & Systems Audit with working experience in the field of IT Security & Law for more than 20 Yrs. He has authored 6 books on Cyber Crimes & Cyber Laws. He is a legal adviser to Police, Govt Companies, MNC’s, Corporates and represents them in various courts. Recently was invited by Oxford University to Present a paper on “Cyber Terrorism & International Law” and his abstract of Research paper namely ” Defining Cyber Weapon A techno Legal perspective” is selected by NATO’s Cyber Conflict Centre in Tallinn, Estonia. His Research Interest are in Cyber warfare, Cyber Security, Cyber weapons and International Cyber Law. He is also Chevening (UK) Cyber Security Policy Fellow for 2015 and Selected for International Visitor Leadership Program (USA) in 2017 on “Linking Digital Policy to Cyber Crime”